Now, Archbishop Charles Chaput has endorsed the deeply-flawed DREAM Act:
Archbishop Chaput said the bill “is about fairness to high school graduates who were brought to this country unlawfully through no fault of their own, since they came with their parents.”First, methinks the archbishop should familiarize himself with the bill a little more; the requirements for qualification are extremely lax, people are eligible until they're thirty-five, and those who've made it can use their status to bring in more relatives - making the DREAM Act hardly practical, and about rather more than "fairness to high school graduates."
He added that those who would benefit from the act are “talented, intelligent and dedicated young persons who know only the United States as their home.”
He called the bill “a practical, fair and compassionate solution for thousands of young persons in our nation who simply want to reach their God-given potential and contribute to the well-being of our nation.”
“This important piece of legislation is critical for the lives and hopes of thousands of young people across America,” the Denver archbishop said, urging people to contact their federal senators and representatives. Voting in favor of the act “is the right and just thing to do,” he said.
Second, someone needs to explain to me how Catholic principles - heck, how any flavor of Christianity - requires us to look the other way as our immigration laws are violated, or how it's inhumane to treat the citizens of other countries as, er, the citizens of other countries.
Fortunately, the DREAM Act is dead for now. But the Catholic Church shows no signs of waking up from its nightmare any time soon.